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Friday, January 11, 2013

NPP holds meeting today to consider options in filing motion

Lawyers for the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the party’s National Chairman, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey; plaintiffs in the court case against the Electoral Commission and President John Dramani Mahama will today hold a meeting to consider their options to file a formal motion at the Supreme Court.

The NPP yesterday challenged the joinder by the National Democratic Congress, saying the ruling party’s quest to join the petition is an attempt to delay the legal process.

The Supreme Court presided by Justice William Atuguba on Thursday, adjourned hearing of the NPP’s Presidential Election Petition sine die and therefore asked the party to file a formal application to the court.

Lead Counsel for the plaintiffs, Lawyer Gloria Akuffo speaking to Citi FM today, noted “we are meeting this afternoon, our expectation was that the matter will be dealt with summarily, so we were hoping that the matter will be dealt with so that we can go on with the rejoinder but the court exercised its discretion and decided we have to put it in the form of a motion; so we are meeting this afternoon to consider our options.”

The party will also decide on the period to file a formal application to challenge the composition of the panel of judges sitting on the case.

From: Adu Gyamfi Ameyaw

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